Aug. 4, 2010
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Celebrating Mary in our Catholic Tradition

As we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary this month, I am reminded of an incident that happened this past May. efore Mass, I was out in front of my inner-city parish greeting parishioners. Coincidentally, it was also Mother’s Day.

A young man with a Bible walked up, and told me he had a Scripture passage to share. He was clearly on an evangelizing mission, something I didn’t think I particularly needed 45 minutes before Mass, with my homily for the day rattling around in my brain. After our little dialogue about the passage, he asked if I could explain our Catholic devotion to Mary. I gave the question my best shot, theologically, but I’m not sure my arguments convinced this young Christian fundamentalist.

Later that day, I was invited to a Mother’s Day celebration at a parishioner’s home. It’s a big Italian Catholic family, with lots of grandkids. The hostess had planned a traditional May crowning. One of the children placed a floral wreath on a statue of Mary in the back yard. Everyone sang “Immaculate Mary.”

The hostess asked me for a blessing and I took a moment to tell them about meeting the young fundamentalist. I said that our devotion to Mary is something we Catholics understand in our hearts. That backyard gathering, with the Italian family singing a Marian hymn and celebrating the tradition of the May Crowning—was a uniquely “Catholic moment.”

Looking back, I wish the young Christian evangelist could have witnessed it. It may have answered his question about Mary better than my theological answer. That special moment—of family and faith—expressed perfectly for us how Mary, as the Mother of Jesus, is part of every Catholic family. Her example and her prayers on our behalf are part of what we believe. And perhaps it's more heart than head!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-33 , #10-34)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Ginny Kubitz Moyer, a freelance writer and English teacher who wrote Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. Ginny tells how her image of Mary has changed throughout her life and how Mary has impacted the lives of other women in a variety of ways.

Ask a Franciscan

Franciscan Father Dan Kroger, O.F.M., answers questions: How should a parishioner relate to a younger priest? Why do we fold our hands when we pray? Why does temporal punishment remain after we've received absolution in confession? Why did Mary, conceived without sin, need redemption?


Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year Pastoral Initiative to explore what sacramental married life means for the Church and for society. We here at American Catholic Radio are doing our part with today’s “Marriage Moment,” featuring Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. Susan writes the “Faith-Filled Family” column for the magazine. She and her husband Mark have been married almost 15 years, and are the parents of four children. Susan’s topic today: "Facing Life's Challenges."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Dominican Father Peter John Cameron, O.P. Since 1998, Father Cameron has been editor-in-chief of the monthly worship aid, Magnificat. He has a new “Servant Book,” Mysteries of the Virgin Mary: Living Our Lady’s Graces, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. And for our sister publication, Catholic Update, he wrote an issue entitled, “Mary, Mother of God and Our Mother.”
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Joseph Enos, a Native American in Arizona, is a member of the Tohono O'odham tribe. He talks about his Native American spirituality and his Catholicism and how the two blend seamlessly together. He lives out his faith by helping young people discover their roots while encouraging them to experience the beauty of the Catholic Church.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Don Miller, O.F.M., answers questions about Catholic moral life.

Marriage Moment
Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine, presents her topic, entitled "A Healthy Marriage."

Exploring Our Faith
John's Feister's guest is Sister Kateri Mitchell, a Sister of Saint Anne and executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference, which serves to evangelize among Native Americans. She is a member of the Mohawk Nation. This year, the annual Tekakwitha Conference was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sister Kateri speaks about her patron, and Native American Catholic spirituality.
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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